The Ontario government introduced back-to-work legislation Monday to avert a strike by the province’s 55,000 education workers.
Education Minister Stephen Lecce said the government had “no other choice” because it did not want classes closed and the union had not withdrawn its intention to strike, which began on Friday.
“If we don’t act today with the legislation, schools will close on Friday,” Mr. Lecce said at a press conference. “For us, the choice is clear. We act decisively in the defense of students so that these children can finally maintain stability and learn and grow after the last difficult years.
“The government has been left with no choice but to take immediate action today.”
The government imposes a contract on the union.
The Canadian Union of Public Employees said Monday that its roughly 55,000 education workers will hold a province-wide demonstration on Friday, meaning they will walk off the job despite the government’s legislation.
Full story here by Education reporter Carolone Alphonso.
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EMERGENCY ACT HEARING – Former Ottawa police chief Peter Sloly has denied repeated accusations that he tried to find a scapegoat for the failed police response to the convoy protests last winter in a combative interrogation on Monday. History here. Additionally, Ontario Provincial Police intelligence efforts during last winter’s convoy protests included the preparation of a detailed profile of a provincial politician who advocated against pandemic restrictions, along with similar profiles of a former RCMP sniper, a far-right group, several convoy organizers and others. , the newly released documents show. History here.
IRANIAN NATIONAL POLICE FORCE TARGETED FOR NEW SANCTIONS – Foreign Minister Melanie Joly says Canada is adding Iran’s national police force and an international Iranian university to its sanctions list. History here.
ONTARIO ECONOMIC STATEMENT COMES NOV. 14 – Ontario will release its fall economic statement on November 14. Finance Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy says the province will provide an update on its “build plan.” History here.
BELLEGARDE JOINS MAJOR LAW FIRM – First Nations Chief Perry Bellegarde is joining Fasken, one of the country’s largest law firms, with an agenda to promote reconciliation by building bridges between businesses and communities indigenous History here.
TRUDEAU JOINED RALLY – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stood with the families of the victims of Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 on Saturday as they lent their voices to calls for global revolution in Iran through a series of protests coordinate across Canada. History here.
NEW BC PREMIER PROMISES LEGISLATIVE ATTACK ON KEY TERM – David Eby has yet to be sworn in as BC’s next Premier, but he plans to introduce legislation in the coming weeks that will tackle the biggest issues on his plate : a health care system that is spreading. at the seams, and a crisis of confidence in public safety. History here.
THIS IS THAT
TODAY IN THE COMMONS – Order of business scheduled for the House of Commons, October 31, accessible here.
DAYS SINCE CONSERVATIVE LEADER PIERRE POILIEVRE TAKES MEDIA QUESTIONS IN OTTAWA: 48
FREELAND, IN OTTAWA – Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland, in Ottawa, will attend private meetings and also meet with private sector economists.
GLOBAL JUDGES CONFERENCE – Judges from around the world will gather in Ottawa this week for the 10th conference for the International Organization for Judicial Training, hosted by Canada’s National Institute of Justice. The theme of the conference is Effective Judicial Education: Understanding Vulnerable Populations. Guest speakers include Canada’s Chief Justice Richard Wagner, who will speak about the international state of judicial independence and the importance of lifelong judicial education, and Vsevolod Kniazlev, chief justice of the Supreme Court of Ukraine. On Monday, Chief Justice Wagner and Chief Justice Kniaziev held a joint media availability. The conference runs from Monday to Friday.
BLAIR AND LUCKY TO APPEAR BEFORE HOUSE COMMITTEE – Committee hearings Monday afternoon included a meeting of the Standing Committee on Public Safety and National Security to address “allegations of political interference in Nova Scotia Mass Murder Investigation 2020”. On the witness list are Emergency Preparedness Minister Bill Blair and RCMP Commissioner Brenda Lucki as well as Shawn Tupper, deputy minister of the emergency preparedness department. The hearing runs from 3:30 to 4:30 pm Details here and video access here.
NEW OTTAWA ASSIGNMENT FOR GRAY – MacKenzie Gray, an Ottawa-based reporter with CTV, has joined Global National as a national reporter in the Parliamentary Office as of this week. Details here
PRIME MINISTER’S DAY
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, in Ottawa, held private meetings.
No published schedule for party leaders.
Electronic monitoring of employees has been around for years, but it’s seen a serious boost during the pandemic. In Monday’s edition of The Globe and Mail podcast, Nita Chhinzer, a professor in the University of Guelph’s management department, explains the extent of this type of monitoring in Canada, and how this Ontario law could change the things The Decibel is here.
The Globe and Mail Editorial Board on how Canada needs more clean energy and Ottawa’s $1 billion for nuclear is just the beginning: “In this era of global warming, past controversies surrounding nuclear power have faded somewhat, although cost issues remain prominent. Nuclear is now billed by promoters as, above all, clean. SMR is half of CIB’s $2 billion in clean energy investments to date. It’s a big bet on nuclear. There is a growing consensus that nuclear power will be important in the decades ahead – but it is far from the most important. Because much more power will be needed, for sectors such as transport, more nuclear will be needed. Bringing SMR to market sooner – albeit with greater risks, starting with cost – is part of a longer picture. Where Canada has fallen short in the long run, according to a recent review by The Globe and Mail, is in its planning.
Kelly Cryderman (The Globe and Mail) why the Saskatchewan Party should be held responsible for the presence of Colin Thatcher in a speech from the throne: “Today, Mr. Moe is the most popular Premier in Canada. His government has only a weak opposition to manage, and the economy of his prosperous province provides “the food, fuel and fertilizer that the world needs “. But on Thursday, he said that the invitation of Mr. Thatcher to the Speech from the Throne was unfortunate, but he himself did not apologize. “This is an individual [member] who invited someone, not a government who invited someone. I think we need to make this distinction,” said Mr. Moe. Government or not, the Premier must put his house in order. No one will be able to focus on his agenda of law and order, l ‘economy or any other political initiative when their own MLAs do not understand the harm of welcoming an unrepentant and convicted murderer to the legislature.
Gary Mason (The Globe and Mail) on British Columbia Premier John Horgan reflecting on serving the province he loves and the big issues facing BC: “John Horgan is in a reflective mood as his days as BC Premier draw to a close. He’ll be driven for a few more weeks by an RCMP detail and then, horror, he’ll have to navigate the mean roads of British Columbia in his car like everyone else. “Yes, I still remember how to drive,” he assures. Although he submitted his resignation, he will officially remain Premier until his successor, David Eby, is sworn in on November 18. These last days are bittersweet, he admits, but closer to that final day, he finds it more “sweet than bitter”.
Roland Paris (Contributor to The Globe and Mail) about how democracies are certainly friends of Canada, but what about the “countries among countries”?: “Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland’s speech in Washington earlier this month signaled an important shift in Canada’s foreign policy. In the future, he said, Canada will limit its economic ties with authoritarian regimes and expand those with democracies. Protecting Canada from China and Russia is essential. So is strengthening ties with our democratic friends. Russia’s invasion of Ukraine exposed its imperial ambitions, and China became more aggressive as it grew richer. Ms. Freeland was right. But the rest of the world is not easily divided into competing camps, nor is it in Canada’s interest to do so.
Jeffrey Simpson (Contributor to The Globe and Mail) on the decline of the liberal empire in Canada: “The Trudeau Liberals no longer offer a balance between social spending and fiscal prudence. Business liberals are increasingly extinct and the few that remain are big spenders. Today’s party has decided that the path to political success lies in poaching votes from the NDP. This is certainly how they deal with Mr. Poilievre before and during the next campaign. They will present him as a dangerous ideologue even further from the Canadian middle than the Liberals. Liberals scared the new moderate Democrats into voting for them before, and they will try to do it again. And if Mr. Poilievre, a career politician, is as convinced of his own political genius as he appears to be, backed by his big win in the party leadership race, he might just provide the Liberals with the type of target they need.
Catherine Clark and Jennifer Stewart (The Ottawa Citizen) on why Canada’s hybrid Parliament should become permanent: “Given that we live in an age that places a primary and justified focus on fostering and ensuring diversity, equity and inclusion, why don’t we strive to make our seat of democracy the most accessible and equitable place that can it be? A hybrid Parliament helps us achieve this. Life sometimes gets in the way: people get sick; a child or parent needs emergency care; a flight from a remote, rural constituency is cancelled. because of the weather. It is in these exceptional moments that we need flexibility for our parliamentarians to participate in votes, caucus meetings and other government activities remotely. We need our parliamentarians to always be able to engage in government business, despite the interruption of unexpected events.”
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